The Valdosta Daily Times
Ralph Marion Pierce died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, after a long illness. He was born Jan. 31, 1934, to Charlie and Pearl Bass Pierce, who both predeceased him many years earlier. He was also predeceased by his elder sister, Alice Pierce Howington, who moved to the Atlanta area after her marriage to Leon Howington, also deceased. Most of the Pierce and Bass families lived in the Valdosta area and that is where Ralph lived the larger portion of his life after living in the Atlanta area for just a few years from about 1962 to about 1966. He served in the Navy before he married Jane Howington Pierce in 1957, whom he divorced many years later and who also predeceased him in May 2012.
Their surviving children are Tracey Pierce Perkins and her husband Jeff, James Matthew Pierce (Matt) and Ralph Marion Pierce Jr. (Marty) and his wife, Yvonne. There are five surviving grandchildren and one great-grandson, Joshua Perkins and wife Ashley, Jason Perkins and wife Rebecca, and son, Eli, and Katy Perkins, Emily Pierce and Benjamin Pierce.
Mr. Pierce’s body was taken to Music Funeral Home in Lakeland.
Funeral service will be held at Unity Methodist Church, Hwy. 122, in Lakeland on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. — Music Funeral Services of Lakeland